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Black Bean Soup with Rum

No recipe image available.Caribbean-style black bean soup with ham hocks, rum and fresh lemon juice.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups dry black beans
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 pound ham hocks
6 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup rum
1/4 cup lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. Soak dry black beans in cold water overnight. Change the water once. Drain and rinse.
  2. In a heavy kettle, cook in butter the chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped parsley, thyme, and bay leaf for 10 minutes. Add ham hocks, beans, beef broth, water, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, adding more water if necessary to keep the beans covered, for 3 hours.
  3. Discard the ham hocks and bay leaf. Purée in a food processor then return to the kettle. Stir in rum and lemon juice, and reheat.

Makes 10 servings.